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How iQ Technology Keeps Your Inventory Safe

 

Discover the power of iQ Technology, the innovative inventory and tracking software system used by all IDS equipment!

The world as we know it is changing every day. Machines are being equipped with technologies our own parents could have only dreamed of – and controlled dispensing equipment is is no exception. Very few platforms can combine all of the operations of a supply room from secure, self-service access to supplies for employees to real-time inventory visibility and full accountability for management, like like iQ technology does. This inventory software system offers countless benefits both to company management and its employees. Managers have access to the information they need at their fingertips and customers customers enjoy a more convenient, personalized experience.

iQ Technology has the potential to transform your organization one supply at a time. You inventories are now secure and easily monitored, as our software effortlessly accounts for all goods dispensed with up-to-the-minute accuracy. Say goodbye to the overwhelming, time intensive task of manual inventory counts from your supply closet: iQ Technology has arrived to optimize and streamline your inventory management process.

How do these inventory tracking vending machines and lockers work, you ask? By combining these key features into one, easy-to-use system:

  1. Cloud-Based Brain:   iQ Technology is a web-based software system, so you can manage your dispensing machines from any operating system and/or mobile device! You now have 24/7 access to your data: all you need is an internet connection.
  2. Multi-Machine Management: With iQ Technology, you can now track and manage as many machines as you’d like! No matter where your machines may be located, you can now pull reports, see real-time inventory, generate pick lists and more.
  3. Secure Transactions: All information and transactions are 100% encrypted: no credit card data is stored at any time in the machine, ensuring your customer’s safety and removing your liability
  4. Real-Time inventory Views: Real-time dispensing info would be impressive enough, but iQ Technology takes it a step further: you can also track inventory in your supply rooms and delivery trucks! That means your complete product chain can be tracked for reordering and, in the case of perishable products, expiration status. iQ Technology is truly a 360 degree solution!
  5. Alerts: Notifications about machine info can be send via email, pager, or mobile device to let you know about expiring products, power loss, and more.
  6. Powerful Reporting: iQ Technology’s impressive reporting abilities are diverse and easy to use. Usage reports, re-stock lists, inventory position and additional management reports can be generated and printed online.

 

Want to learn more about iQ Technology and how it can transform the way YOU do business? Contact IDS today.

Embrace New Technology to Manage Assets

 

BoundTree’s “Change the Game” Webinar was originally broadcast on November 13th, featuring a panel discussion on the benefits of implementing leading-edge technology solutions to manage assets, to improve quality of care and the bottom line within health care. The line-up consisted of panelists from private ambulance companies and public/municipal EMS agencies, as well as a noted medical expert, to provide peer-to-peer advice and share how they changed the game for their organizations by embracing new innovative asset management technology.  

This panel featured an IDS customer, Chief Michael Baker of the Tulsa Fire Department. Chief Baker discusses the benefits of implementing new technologies into your organization to increase efficiency.

This concept is the backbone of Intelligent Dispensing Solutions’ operation: we create machinery, software, and technology that helps save our clients money, time, and in some cases – lives.  

Listen to the event recording here.

The IDS System for Medical Supply Dispensing in Chesapeake

The Chesapeake Fire Department has implemented IDS’ secure, web-based system to dispense medical supplies for its team in order to increase their efficiency and decrease their tax dollar spend!

How does this medical supply vending machine work, and how much will it cost taxpayers? While the city invested $85,000 to get the machine up and running, it has been determined that this initiative could actually save taxpayers thousands of dollars in the long run. The machine’s supplies are accessed by employees through scanning their department IDs and choosing the dispensable item via keypad selection.

 

The department’s previous system of an open closet approach for EMS inventory management was far less efficient: crews got supplies after sending an email and awaiting new deliveries. Additionally, restocking was estimated and often inaccurate. There were countless potential delays. Additionally, there were excess fuel costs because crews could only get supplies from one central supply station, no matter where they were based in the city.

 

Now things have changed.

 

“The IDS system is going to prevent stations and employees from hoarding supplies and thinking they may need more, while really they need less,” says Chris Bergeron of BoundTree Medical.

 

The implementation of IDS’ system at Chesapeake Fire Department, three years in the making, helps speed up the process of getting supplies and helps keep up with costs. The system provides info that will allow the fire department to use tax dollars more efficiently. This year alone, Chesapeake crews had over 27,000 emergency calls, of which 76% were EMS calls where medical supplies are used.

 

Now, the new dispensing machines can also help identify what specific items are needed for different emergencies, further increasing efficiency and preparedness for medical calls.

Watch the full video feature on this exciting new wave of medical supply technology here, and be sure to visit the IDS website to learn more about our controlled dispensing technology.

 

What Machines Do We Offer for the Modern Office?

From technology to services to subscriptions, the modern office of every industry is far more streamlined than those of generations past. Ask any office worker what their workspace consists of: usually just  a computer, some drawers, and a great pair of headphones. What does this mean for YOU, the Director of  Purchasing, Office Manager, or Building Manager? Well, the supplies you offer your tenants and employees will not just consist of the typical staplers, pens, and notebooks anymore. Your employees’ needs are different, and it’s up to you to accommodate those needs.

This is where IDS enters the picture. Our unique office supply vending machines are a quintessential part of the modern office, particularly for the tech industry. In these environments, tech hardware must be in perfect working order at any given moment of the day. Without these supplies, employees are simply unable to perform what you are paying them to do. Our machines provide an easy, secure, and efficient way to keep efficiency at 100%.

Here’s a small sampling of the modern office lockers and vending machines we offer.Inquire with our helpful, talented customer support team if you have additional questions or quote requests for these machines.

Host Machines: A host or standalone workplace vending machine simply means it is a single machine that contains a Tech Controller. These machines vend various sizes and varieties of hardware that are carefully vended when the appropriate code is entered. All host machines include a Numeric Pin Code that allows customers to identify individual usage.

Satellite Machines: Satellite machines sit side-by-side to a host machine and do not contain a designated Tech Controller, as satellite machines operate off of the Tech Controller of the host machine. Satellite machines are configurable for office supplies and IT peripherals of various sizes.

11 and 12-door Host  Lockers: The Smart Secure Locker 11-Door Host provides the ability for on-demand dispensing of larger office supplies and IT peripherals that are unable to be dispensed from the IT5000 with Tech Controller Machine and allows users to access and return high cost items or items that contain sensitive data (i.e. laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.) through a will-call application.

Want to learn more about any of these innovative office supply vending machines? Visit the IDS website today. We’re glad to answer any and all of your questions! Contact us here.

 

What Can You Store in an IDS 12-Door Locker?

The IDS 12-door Locker is a unique dispensing apparatus, conceptually similar to a vending machine while providing the next level of service: dispensing larger inventory like laptops, backpacks, and kits. This system is a more efficient way of tracking inventory usage, and provides another level of security for these items.

Some additional features of the locker include optional LED lighting to illuminate your offerings, optional re-charging adaptors for stored tech items, and personalization options (i.e. choose a single color for your machine, or customize the locker with your logo and colors! Speak to a representative about this option).

This machine is incredibly versatile! Here are some of the ways to use this supply locker and the types of items that you can store that could benefit your company.

 

HOTELS:

  • Blankets
  • Games
  • Breast pumps
  • Blenders / Small Kitchen Appliances
  • Books

SCHOOLS:

  • Laptops
  • Notebooks
  • Tablets
  • Projectors
  • Textbooks
  • Uniforms

HOSPITALS:

  • Med Kits
  • AEDs
  • BioHazard suits
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Bedpans
OFFICES:

  • Laptops
  • Equipment
  • Medical Kits
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Recreational gear (games, video game equipment, ping-pong rackets)

RESTAURANTS:

  • Flatware sets
  • Medical Kits
  • AEDs
  • Centerpieces
  • Coloring books / Crayons

BEAUTY PARLORS:

  • Nail drying kits
  • Waxing kits
  • Spa gear
  • Bathing suits
  • Robes
  • Haircut capes

The possibilities are truly endless! Speak to a representative today to learn how a IDS 12-door Locker can benefit your business today. We offer financing options as well as leasing opportunities, so please be in touch with us to make this a reality for your employees and customers. Strongly considering the IDS 12-door Locker? Check out the technical specs this locker requires on this page.

Why Lease a Vending Machine from iVendTech?

iVendTech offers a unique vending supply solution for the modern office. Ever find yourself 10 minutes from the largest meeting of the quarter, only to discover your keyboard stopped working? Disastrous, we know. That’s why we innovated a game-changing solution for offices just like yours.

Our vending machines offer office staples like pens, tape, and, well, staplers, as well as larger tech items like keyboards, computer mice, and tablets. Our Will Call machines offer even higher tech office gear like laptops, and hardware your IT team wishes you had on hand all the time. This ingenious solution ensures that no employee is left without the equipment crucial to their job performance.

Don’t think this solution is viable for your company? That’s where our leasing options come in.

We partner with Modern Leasing to offer exclusive financial agreements with eligible partners. Our leasing programs assist customers by providing cash flow, enhanced liquidity, and greater flexibility. In our current economic landscape, bank loans are more difficult and time consuming to obtain. IDS has streamlined the lease approval process making things quick and easy for you.

Why lease a vending machine?

Other than the obvious answer – so you can utilize this amazing technology without an initial down payment – there are many additional benefits to leasing one of our machines. Most U.S. business and vending machine companies lease equipment as it allows you to grow without putting the money down up-front. Financing your business equipment is one of the most powerful economic tools to help your organization grow and thrive.

Why lease from iVendTech?

IDS (iVendTech’s parent company)’s leasing solutions can enhance your liquidity, help manage cash flow, and optimize your balance sheet. iVendTech has also worked hard to streamline the leasing process for you, so you can spend less time on the technicalities of financing and more time operating your business.

Want to learn more about iVendTech’s exciting leasing options? Get in touch with a representative today. Looking to do some more research about our leasing options? Visit our site for more information.

Clean Scrubs for AORN Compliance – The Easy Way

No matter how tidy your nursing staff is, at the end of the day, it just can’t be helped: Nursing is messy. Since nurses are often first on the scene and in charge of keeping rooms clean and orderly, much of the typical nurses day is cleaning up literal (and figurative!) messes. It’s pretty likely your nurse’s scrubs will need a good scrubbing at the end of a long shift!

Additionally, scrubs accumulate obscene amounts of microorganisms, both harmful and harmless, over the course of the day. The last thing you want your nurses wearing s is a garment crawling with potential disease! Not only is it unhealthy for your staff and your patience, but you’re facility may be at risk for following out of AORN compliance. This fact makes proper scrub laundering and care all the more important.

Our team at ScrubTrak™  has invented an innovative scrub machine management system that makes storing and dispensing fresh scrubs a breeze. By offering dispensing and return units for scrubs, and monitoring compliance through our real-time software system, hospital administrators can confidently comply with AORN.  

Visit ScrubTrak’s site to discover the solution of scrub inventory today.

6 Small Ways To Show Employees They’re Valued

It’s a little-known fact, but this time of year is infamous for employee turnover. Because we associate the launch of the school year with new beginnings, many employees see this as a prime time to give their two-weeks notice.

We all know the various costs and headaches associated with employee turnover – recruiting and training costs, and negotiating salaries can cause a cosmic shift on your balance sheet. So what steps can you take TODAY to keep the All-Stars on your team?

Your employee retention strategy should be in effect from Day One – but there are definitely some quick pick-me-ups you can offer your employees to keep them happy. Here are 6 ways to show employees that they are appreciated and valued, and keep them excited to stick with your team!

1: Entrust your employees with important decisions.

By showing your workers that you trust them to make educated, smart choices, it empowers them and breeds trust and goodwill.

2: Let employees reward each other.

Create a program where employees can reward one another, either with compliments or physical rewards. This creates a real team-player vibe and helps build solid connections between coworkers.

3: Show intention, interest, and empathy.

Bosses tend to have an aura of inaccessibility around them. Bond with employees by showing interest in their opinions, exhibiting intention when you speak with them, and empathizing with their concerns, whether personal or professional.  

4: Employee bonding events.

These don’t have to be costly, all-out affairs: a simple movie night will do the trick. Bonding in a non-corporate setting is super-important when building a team that employees want to stick with.

5: Take care of their needs.

Feeling taken care of and secure is like glue for employee retention. We stress this a lot with our iVendTech customers: by providing an office supplies vending machine, you’re not just monitoring your inventory effectively, you’re showing your employees you want them to succeed.

6: REWARDS.

Of course, no one is going to turn down a bonus or some other thoughtful gift! Gift cards, cool gadgets, or even days off are great incentives that keep employees coming back for more – and performing at their best!

We hope this article was informative and helpful for your business – let us know in the comments if you have another strategy we didn’t name! And be sure to check out our IT supplies vending machines on our site.

ScrubTrak Pro Tips: Keeping your Scrubs Sanitary

Being knowledgeable about the sanitation of your scrubs, and taking preventative measures for scrub cleanliness is key to avoiding the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses.

In a study conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) stated more than 60% of uniforms worn by nurses and doctors who work in hospitals tested positive for dangerous bacteria.

To combat pesky bacteria, we’ve gathered a few sanitation strategies for cleaning scrubs and keeping them clean that will help keep these germs at bay:

Store your scrubs properly.

When you’re leaving the doctor’s office or hospital, take a moment to change into your normal attire. Remove your scrubs and place them in a sealable plastic bag, a large ziplock bag that can be reused is the way to go. This prevents people in your commute home from being exposed to the bacteria that is hanging out on your scrubs.

Consider getting a ScrubTrak or IDS scrub dispenser and return machine for your medical facility.

Hospital grade laundering services provides a thorough, cleaning process that cannot be replicated in home washing machines and ensures scrubs are rid of infectious germs. Through automating the process for receiving and returning scrubs, ScrubTrak assists hospitals in complying with AORN’s recommendation for surgical attire to be laundered by a healthcare laundry facility to avoid the spread of infectious bacteria on scrubs of medical personnel who have patient interaction. By offering dispensing and return units for scrubs, and monitoring compliance through our real-time software system, hospital administrators can confidently comply with AORN. In addition, ScrubTrak’s return units allow for convenient and safe scrub pick-up by laundering staff.

Wash after every wear.

Although your scrubs may seem clean, perhaps you only worked a 4 hour shift; regardless, your scrubs need to be washed with hot water after every single wear. It is not a matter of personal hygiene, rather about the prevention of nasty bacteria and viruses.

For hospital and medical facility managers, we highly recommend that you check out the ScrubTrak site and features.

How UCapIt Can Help EMS Providers Save Money

Today more than ever hospitals, EMS providers and other healthcare organizations are challenged to provide a higher quality of patient care while reducing operating costs and facing increased regulatory requirements and patient volume. UCapIt provides an innovative, yet simple, solution to a persistent problem. Through cloud-based technology and an intuitive, easy to use software platform, UCapIt increases employee productivity and provides management with real-time analytics in order to make data-driven executive-level decisions.

UCapIt and IDS provides EMS and Medical inventory control by allowing administrators to set limits on the number of items a user may take out at a time. Once the user hits that limit the user must return an item(s) before access is returned. Restrictions on usage can be adjusted on a departmental level by authorized administrators and multiple alert options are available via e-mail to multiple individuals based upon client established criteria. Reports include, but are not limited to:

  • Usage Summary
  • Inventory Consumption
  • Comparative Usage by Time
  • Transactions
  • Restock Summary
  • Par Optimization
  • Item Turnover Rate
  • Inventory Totals
  • Discrepancy Report

Here is a direct quote from Capt Beth Hines of Jacksonville NC (Onlow County EMS) about our drug expiration tracking feature:

“The report tells me what I need to know, how many are expiring, where they are located and the name of the medication. I really like that I can run the report for 90 or more days because I order replacement medications 3-4 months in advance, plus my regular stock… so I know I won’t run out. Now instead of having to do a count by hand at the end of the month or so I check them in when I receive them and simply run the reports I need.”

The Controlled Access Pharmacy (CAP) allows many medical professionals, including EMS, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary the ability to restock their units 24/7 and have real-time usage and inventory tracking. The CAP can check multiple forms of ID and will prompt for station or dispatch specific data.

All withdrawals are cataloged, time stamped and regulated by tech clearance/training level. A unique solution to today’s challenge of controlling access, tracking inventory and dispensing of products according to access protocol. Contact Us Today!